New Arrivals · Crafts

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Japanese stitches unraveled : 160+ stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round

May 18, 2018
Bernard, Wendy (Wendy Jo), author.
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 25 cm.
Includes indexes.
"Japanese stitch designs, along with fully illustrated charts, familiar symbols, and clear instructions for every single stitch. Each stitch pattern receives Bernard's unique four-direction makeover -topdown, bottom-up, back-and-forth, and in-the-round. To showcase the knitting in action, Bernard also includes instructions for six garments as well as her famous formulas for knitting without a pattern."

Snuggle and play crochet : 40 amigurumi patterns for lovey security blankets and matching toys

May 17, 2018
Benitez, Carolina Guzman.
Blue Ash, OH : Sewandso, 2017.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Includes index.
Materials and equipment -- How to use this book -- The blankets -- The toys -- Basic techniques -- Abbreviations -- Chart symbols -- Stitches -- Finishing techniques.
Snuggle up with a crochet comforter or play with a colorful character. This unique collection of 40 amigurumi patterns are simple to stitch and super cute! Featuring crochet toy patterns including boy and girl dolls, dogs and cats, bears and bunnies and many more, this amazing collection will give you over 40 different crochet toys to create.

Junk genius : stylish ways to repurpose everyday objects, with over 80 projects and ideas

May 15, 2018
Goggin, Juliette, author.
187 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Finding junk -- 40 common items -- Jewelry and decoration -- Fabric and trims -- Paper and card -- China and wood -- Glass and mirror -- Metal and wire -- Furniture and furnishings.
"Juliette Goggin and Stacy Sirk have created over 80 projects and ideas using items you can easily find or might already have. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crafter, you'll learn to hunt out and see the potential in a whole range of items and be inspired to transform your treasure trove of useable raw materials into stunning new accessories for a beautiful home"--provided by publisher..

Hello color : 25 bright ideas for DIY decor

May 8, 2018
Smith, Rachel Mae, author.
165 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The living room -- The dining room -- The kitchen -- The bedroom.
"Goodbye ordinary--HELLO COLOR! Get bold and bright with this book of colorful DIY decor projects! Hello Color will help you make your home shine with just a few minutes and easy-to-find materials. Blogger and crafter Rachel Mae Smith is all about bringing brightness to everything, from Instagram pictures to her popular website, and now home crafters and aspirational DIYers can too. With 25 simple and fun home accessory projects like whimsical wall art, colorful coasters, dip-dyed napkins, and planters that pop, Rachael shares her signature style in every item. You'll also learn to create foolproof palettes, pick the right color for every space, and--of course--shoot gorgeous pictures! Bonus tear-out mini-posters in the back make it oh-so-easy to decorate your space in a flash."--Page 4 of cover.

Rescue, restore, redecorate : Amy Howard's guide to refinishing furniture and accessories

May 8, 2018
Howard, Amy, author.
190 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Whether you dream of restoring an heirloom to its former beauty, or just want to modernise a flea market treasure, Amy Howard has the design and refinishing secrets you need. Here are all the furniture finishing recipes, techniques, and tips that have made Howard's beloved classes sold-out success stories, and made Howard herself the go-to guru of refinishing and "use what you have" redecorating. Try your hand at unique painted and faux finishes, and experiment with gold leaf, distressing, and marvelous graining effects. Along the way, you will learn a treasure trove of techniques, as Howard shares before-and-after makeovers from her studio and offers impeccable step-by-step instruction in all that is needed to achieve each look.

Cutting machine crafts with your Cricut, Sizzix, or Silhouette : die cutting machine projects to make with 60 SVG files

April 24, 2018
Griffith, Lia, author.
New York : Potter Craft, 2018.
191 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Get more creative with your Cricut, Sizzix, or Silhouette die cutting machine! Here are 50 easy projects and 60 templates for making gorgeous home accessories, fun party decor, and memorable gifts. This book includes beautiful items you can make using just about any electronic die cutting machine, by downloading the SVG templates, running your materials through your machine, and following the instructions to assemble your cut materials. Discover graphic Scandinavian patterns to decorate aprons and tea towels, paper succulent centerpieces, and dozens of blooms for bouquets, garlands, and crowns. Every project includes easy instructions and plenty of variations so you can get the most out of your machine. With an introduction to electronic die cutting machines and options for cutting the templates out by hand, this book is full of inspiration and expert advice. Includes instructions for downloading 60 SVG cut files compatible with most electronic cutting machines"-- Provided by publisher.

By hand : the art of modern lettering

April 20, 2018
Santo, Nicole Miyuki, author.
Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, 2018.
271 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index
"Blending the aspirational and the instructional, By Hand brings the beauty of lettering beyond the page, through 30 distinct projects, from watercolor placecards to cozy pillows. Relatable lessons introduce readers to the essentials of lettering, including tools (brush pens, brushes, and paint pens), essential lessons, and developing a personal style, with the warm and welcoming approach of popular Instagram letterer Nicole Miyuki Santo. Encouraging lessons sprinkled throughout the book add a touch of mindfulness, while bright, airy photography and step-by-step lettered samples make this lovely volume a stunning approach to an on-trend pastime"--Amazon.

Child's play quilts : make 20 stash-busting quilts for kids

April 19, 2018
Day, Stacey, 1984- author.
Lafayette, CA : C & T Publishing, Inc., 2018.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Make gorgeous quilts that spark the interest of newborns and toddlers. Learn how to organize your fabric so you know what you have use what you love. Put your smallest scraps to use by sewing slabs and incorporate them into all kinds of quilt designs."--Back cover.

Craft the rainbow : 40 colorful paper projects from "The house that Lars built"

April 19, 2018
Jepsen, Brittany Watson, author.
New York : Abrams, 2018.
187 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
From the famous lifestyle blog, design studio, and shop, "The House that Lars Built ."
What began as an Instagram hashtag and project collection (#CrafttheRainbow) that quickly went viral has become a showstopping book, offering a rainbow of completely new project ideas. Learn how to make playful party decorations, luscious flowers, amazing cards, and sophisticated wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, and more than you can imagine--all with nothing but the creative power of paper. Sought-after designer Brittany Watson Jepsen is known for the unusually imaginative and amazingly beautiful designs she creates for her website and host of clients (including Anthropologie). In Craft the Rainbow, Jepsen walks readers through the easy basics of transforming simple paper--including tissue, crepe, cardstock, leaves of books, and vintage and recycled paper--into vibrant, fanciful, handmade projects suitable for every occasion.

Knitted tanks & tunics : 21 crisp, cool designs for sleeveless tops

April 18, 2018
Hahn, Angela, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, 2018.
162 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
"Knit cool, breezy tanks for the warm spring and summer months with 21 patterns for a variety of tops, from lacy camisoles to layering tanks to tunics with stylish details -in extended size ranges of XS to 3X."--Back cover

Easy home sewing projects : 101 projects to transform every room of your home

April 17, 2018
Moorby, Charlie, author.
Mount Joy, PA : Fox Chapel Publishers International Ltd., 2018.
223 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Kenneth D. King's Smart fitting solutions : foolproof techniques to fit any figure : read the wrinkles, decipher the message, fix the fit

April 16, 2018
King, Kenneth D., author.
235 pages : color illustrations, plans ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Understanding good fit -- Read the wrinkles and learn to fix them -- Alter the pattern -- Afterword: It's all about the results -- Appendix 1: Essential measuring points -- Appendix 2: Wearing and design ease -- Appendix 3: Full bust adjustment -- Appendix 4: Rotate a dart -- Appendix 5: Three-step sleeve.
"No matter your size or shape, Kenneth D. King will teach you how to make perfect-fitting garments every time. In this comprehensive resource, Kenneth shows the home sewer how to understand her shape and fitting options, as well as how to identify bad fit by reading the wrinkles in the garment. From there, he explains his Smart Fitting methods-- net gain (add fabric), net loss (remove fabric), or no net gain or loss (move fabric around)-- to make the necessary corrections to the pattern."

Queer threads : crafting identity and community

April 13, 2018
Chaich, John, author.
[Los Angeles, California] : Ammo, [2017]
xvii, 171 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Based on an exhibition held in 2014 at the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.
Unraveling Queer threads / essay by John Chaich -- Nathan Vincent / interviewed by Jonathan Adler -- Liz Collins / interviewed by Nayland Blake -- Pierre Fouché / interviewed by John Chaich -- Harmony Hammond / interviewed by Tirza True Latimer -- Maria E. Piñeres / interviewed by Kate Schellenbach -- Aubrey Longley-Cook / interviewed by Jamie Chalmers -- Cindy Baker / interviewed by Jeanne Vaccaro -- John Thomas Paradiso / interviewed by John Bartlett -- Ben Cuevas / interviewed by Edward Buchanan -- Chris Bogia / interviewed by KleinReid -- Jesse Harrod / interviewed by JD Samson -- Angie Wilson / interviewed by Julia Bryan-Wilson -- LJ Roberts / interviewed by Avram Finkelstein -- Ramekon O'Arwisters / interviewed by Danny Orendorff -- Rebecca Levi / interviewed by Mike Albo -- Jade Yumang / interviewed by Tim Gunn -- Sheila Pepe / interviewed by Lowery Stokes Sims -- Aaron McIntosh / interviewed by Todd Oldham -- Josh Faught / interviewed by Glenn Adamson -- Melanie Braverman / interviewed by Michael Cunningham -- Buzz Slutzky / interviewed by Justin Vivian Bond -- Caroline Wells Chandler / interviewed by Debbie Stoller -- Diedrick Brackens / interviewed by Glenn Ligon -- Jai Andrew Carrillo / interviewed by Mondo Guerra -- James Gobel / interviewed by Costello Tagliapietra -- Allyson Mitchell / interviewed by Astria Suparak -- Chiachio and Giannone / interviewed by Jaime Manrique -- Athi-Patra Ruga / interviewed by Mickalene Thomas -- Larry Krone / interviewed by Kathleen Hanna -- Nick Cave / interviewed by Bill T. Jones.
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community showcases twenty-nine artists who are moving through the narrow space that is gay or straight, biological or social, craft and fine art and doing so explicitly through their work in fiber and textile. Loaded with gender connotations and power hierarchies, fiber-based handicrafts such as crochet, embroidery, knitting, macrame, quilting, and sewing provide a fitting platform for examining tastes, roles, and relationships socialized within and around gay and lesbian culture, as well as our reactions to the traditional home and cultures in which we were raised. This book evolves from an exhibition of the same name, that John Chaich curated in 2014 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in New York City, the first dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art and foster the artists who create it. While other recent, high-profile fiber and textile exhibitions have featured several of the artists in Queer Threads, the Leslie-Lohman exhibition marked the first time these works were shown together to specifically examine the works queerness. To further examine how queerness informs each featured artist's work in fiber and textiles, or vice versa, this book features interviewers from the worlds of music, fashion, media, dance, museums, and scholarship who are makers and thinkers themselves, many members of the queer community if not powerful allies. The resulting dialogues are as fun, challenging, personal, and universal as the ideas in the works discussed.

Crafting a patterned home : painting, printing, and stitching projects to enliven every room

April 10, 2018
Nicholas, Kristin, author.
Boulder, Colorado : Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., [2018]
x, 191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Noro Kureyon : the 30th anniversary collection.

April 10, 2018
New York, NY : Sixth & Spring Books, [2018]
143 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
There are few yarns that compare to Noro's Kureyon (Japanese for "crayon"). Its ultra-soft, roving-like wool makes it a joy to knit with, and its luscious colorways make every project a work of art. There is no better way to celebrate Kureyon's 30 colorful years than with 30 vibrant, new knits. Whether searching for something quick, like a hat or cowl, or a larger project, such as a multidirectional cardigan or a star-motif shawl, this latest volume in the Knit Noro collection has something for everyone to kick off the next 30 years in style.

Summertime crochet : 30 tops, bags, wraps, hats & more for sunny days & balmy nights

April 5, 2018
Impelen, Helgrid van, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, [2018]
104 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published: Sommerhäkelträume. Stuttgart, Germany : TOPP, 2015.
"Today's cotton and linen yarns are perfect for summer apparel! Breezy tanks, motif tops, cute hats, beach totes, sandals, and more can all be crocheted and are just right for warm-weather style.."--Back cover.

How to be a craftivist : the art of gentle protest

April 2, 2018
Corbett, Sarah (Sarah P.)
London : Unbound, 2017.
305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Craftivism -- Gentle protest -- Slow activism -- Mindful activism -- Crafterthoughts -- Communal crafting -- Inner activism -- The gift -- Graceful activism -- Compete with beauty -- The message -- Catalyst not conclusion -- Intriguing craftivism -- Pretty protests -- Wearing your convictions -- Reaching out -- Shareability -- Measuring success.
"How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of ̀making' to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect change. Sarah Corbett - professional campaigner and founder of the Craftivist Collective - shares her journey from burnt-out activist, tired of marching, confrontation and demonizing opposition, towards a more respectful activism: using craft to contemplate global issues, provoke thought and start conversations rather than arguments; to engage, empower and encourage people on and offline to become part of change in the face of injustice, inequality and prejudice. Interwoven with Sarah's personal stories of causes fought are ideas and suggestions for every novice craftivist. From how to think about the medium itself, to looking at colour, fonts, size and message, here is inspiration for every detail of your creation. In today's world it's easy to feel helpless, but here is a book to initiate debates rather than shouting matches, to enable collaboration in place of confrontation. Gentleness can be a great strength, and quiet action can sometimes speak as powerfully amid the noise as the loudest voice. And if we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair... shouldn't our activism be beautiful, kind and fair?"-- Provided by publisher.

60 quick knits for beginners : easy projects for new knitters in 220 Superwash from Cascade yarns

March 30, 2018
172 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
All the essential knitting techniques to learn to knit or expand your basic knitting abilities with 60 projects using 220 Superwash from Cascade Yarns.

Making make-believe : hands-on projects for play and pretend

March 27, 2018
Kohl, MaryAnn F., author.
191 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm
Includes index.

Edward's menagerie dogs : 50 canine crochet patterns

March 27, 2018
Lord, Kerry, author.
New York : Lark Books, 2018.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
"Dog lovers will go barking wild for this addition to the popular Edward’s Menagerie series, with 50 beginner-friendly patterns for crocheting adorable pups. Bring your favorite four-legged friends to life with these 50 crochet patterns for everything from elegant Afghan hounds to oh-so-cute schnauzers. They’re so easy to make with step-by-step instructions and charming full-color photography that showcases the completed crocheted projects alongside their real-life counterparts. In addition, author Kerry Lord shows you how to customize each pattern so that you can capture your own beloved canine companion—whatever breed it is."

Modern Scot patchwork : bold quilts inspired by iconic tartans

March 26, 2018
Allen, Kathy, 1956- author.
Lafayette, CA : C & T Publishing, Inc., 2018.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
History of the tartan -- Choosing fabric -- Basic quiltmaking techniques -- How to build a tartan design -- The projects. Elliot ; Maxwell ; Maitland ; Barclay ; Hannay ; MacRae of Conchra ; Fraser ; Amador -- Gallery -- Fabric organization worksheet.
"Pick your favorite kilt and make a tartan quilt!"--Back cover.

Oh, scrap! : fabulous quilts that make the most of your stash

March 23, 2018
Alexander, Lissa, author.
Bothell, WA : Martingale, [2018]
96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Scrap quilts : the new vintage -- Precuts and stashes and scraps--oh my! -- The projects. Plus marks the spot ; Izzy squared ; Awesome land ; Surrounded ; Sherbet stars ; Old meets new ; Splendid scraps ; Stair steps ; Kismet ; Firecrackers ; Indian blanket ; Friendship blues.

Jo's little favorites III : enduring designs for classic-quilt lovers

March 22, 2018
Morton, Mary Jo Gress, 1944- author.
Bothell, WA : Martingale, 2018.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Enjoy 16 exquisite little quilts."--Back cover.

Nine-patch revolution : 20 modern quilt projects

March 21, 2018
Dick, Jenifer, author.
Lafayette, CA : Stash Books, an imprint of C & T Publishing, Inc., 2018.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm

350+ beading tips, techniques, and trade secrets : how to be better at what you do

March 20, 2018
Power, Jean, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
158 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"The material in this book originally appeared in 200 Beading Tips, Techniques, and Trade Secrets by Jean Power."

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